Stava-Murray co-sponsors Reproductive Health Act
Freshman Democratic lawmaker Anne Stava-Murray (Naperville) is one of several female legislators to have signed on in support of abortion legislation that critics claim will make Illinois the “abortion capital of the country.”
Senate Bill 25, also known as the Reproductive Health Act, recently passed the House by a 65-40 vote and is now headed to the Senate, where Gov. J.B. Pritzker has urged members to “take swift action.” Critics of the measure vow they will not make that easy.
The Thomas More Society, for example, has already blasted the legislation for doing everything from lifting the ban on partial-birth abortions to eliminating all restrictions on where procedures can be performed and allowing non-physicians to perform abortions.
“The legacy of any legislator who voted for this bill is a cruel dehumanization on a mass scale,” organization vice president Peter Breen said.
With Stava-Murray as one of the co-sponsors, the bill would also establish “the fundamental right” of a pregnant woman to have an abortion, and defines that “a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus does not have independent rights.”